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  Studies Show Marijuana Affects Memory

Posted by CN Staff on November 04, 2011 at 04:51:08 PT
By Frank Main, Staff Reporter 
Source: Chicago Sun-Times 

Chicago -- For college students in the 1970s, “Reefer Madness” was a hilarious cult classic. The 1936 propaganda movie portrayed marijuana as a tool of the devil that led to suicide, rape, killings — and ultimately madness.But in the 1970s, the film was widely screened as a comedy on college campuses, helping to bankroll a budding film company, New Line Cinema. Students who smoked pot laughed at the notion that it could induce serious mental problems — as harder drugs did.
Three decades later, much of the nation’s focus on marijuana is on the benefits of using of the drug to curb nausea from anti-cancer drugs; to reduce eye pressure from glaucoma; to offer pain relief to those with multiple sclerosis and other diseases, and to reduce stress. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation allowing for the medical use of marijuana.Yet some in the medical and law enforcement worlds say the growing use of marijuana — especially among young people — is becoming a serious health problem.Reefer madness is a reality for some users, they say.“It’s not the devil,” said Dr. Joseph Lee, medical director of Hazelden Center for Youth and Families in Plymouth, Minn. “It’s not going to save society and it’s not going to be the downfall of society. But I have seen more young people coming in with psychotic symptoms related to marijuana.”Lee emphasized that only a small percentage of young pot smokers appear to be predisposed to suffering from mental problems related to the drug.Still, with marijuana use rising, Lee said he’s seeing more of those patients in his clinic and some are coming from Chicago for treatment.Memory and productivity suffer among kids who abuse marijuana, Lee said. “Some kids come in with government conspiracy stories, mild levels of paranoia or disorganized thinking,” he added.Lee said more research is needed about the effects of marijuana on kids’ health.“But research is conclusive that people who smoke pot are at a higher rate of developing psychotic symptoms,” he said. “It is still relatively small, but significant. It is twice what you would find in non-pot smokers.”Over the last 30 years, marijuana growers have engineered stronger strains, Lee said. Some marijuana grown today is five times more potent than the “Cheech and Chong” pot of the ’70s, experts say.Peter Bensinger, head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in the 1970s and early 1980s, pointed to recent studies showing marijuana use among motorists doubles the risk of car crashes and that pot causes “cognitive chaos” in the brains of rats.Bensinger said he opposes proposed legislation to allow medical use of marijuana in Illinois. He also doesn’t like the idea of issuing tickets to people in Chicago caught with small amounts of pot. On Wednesday, several aldermen introduced such an ordinance as an alternative to officers making misdemeanor arrests — because most of those cases are dropped in court.Chicago ought to have a system that allows the courts to waive a misdemeanor pot possession charge if a person successfully completes six months of drug tests, Bensinger said.“Marijuana is not just illegal, but unhealthy and dangerous,” he said. “You need a sanction with a bite — and a ticket won’t do it.”Bensinger said only 16 percent of the people who go through a drug-testing program become repeat offenders, compared to more than 45 percent who are processed through the courts and are sent to jail or prison. “Drug tests work great,” he said.Bruce Talbot, a drug expert and retired Woodridge police officer, said not enough has been done to educate the public on the hazards of smoking marijuana. Talbot lectures about drugs and trains law enforcement officials in identifying motorists who have been using them.“Smoking tobacco and drinking have become less glamorous with years of public education about the dangers of tobacco and drunken driving,” he said. “We are seeing the exact opposite with marijuana. Social scorning of marijuana use is being replaced by the idea that it is medicine and not that bad for you. Based on the evidence I’ve seen, it is dangerous.”Source: Chicago Sun-Times (IL)Author: Frank Main, Staff Reporter Published: November 4, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Sun-Times Co.Contact: letters Website: URL: -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #45 posted by Hope on November 13, 2011 at 16:54:41 PT
Look at you! You're obviously thriving. I'm so happy. So you'd say that moving to California did you some good? It turned out to be a very good choice for you?It looks like it. It sounds like it. I hope so. I'm so happy for you!
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Comment #44 posted by Mahakal on November 13, 2011 at 14:10:52 PT
I'm on FB... time to chat here right now, keepin' Occupied. :)
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Comment #43 posted by ekim on November 12, 2011 at 07:45:36 PT
cellulose for fuels 
Univ of Mississippi is only place growing cannabis 
one would think that when cellulose is needed the cannabis plant would come to mind. At 77per cent cellulose it is one of the highest in the land.
And why butanol in stead of ethanol and why put it next to a refinery -- why not in your town for your fuel.
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Comment #42 posted by ekim on November 11, 2011 at 09:25:00 PT
on dial up-so no utube. going to higher speed soon
man the upeers are realy growing up."According to data released by the Canadian government earlier this year hemp production in Canada almost doubled in 2010 with total acreage growing to 26,815 acres", says Eric Steenstra, HIA Executive Director. "The HIA estimates the total retail value of hemp products in the U.S. at around $419 million, when including clothing, auto parts, building materials and other non-food or body care products. This number combined with the increased acreage in Canadian hemp fields further validates U.S. farmers' concern that they are being shut out of the lucrative hemp market that Canadian farmers have cashed in on for over a decade now." continues Steenstra.
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Comment #41 posted by Hope on November 10, 2011 at 15:06:45 PT
Reminds me of a French Canadian man that often posted at the old Drug Sense weekend chat as Paul.Kestral. That's so cool.
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Comment #40 posted by Hope on November 10, 2011 at 15:03:49 PT
Hemp is.
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Comment #39 posted by afterburner on November 10, 2011 at 10:16:47 PT
ekim - Thanks for the Hemp Car
Hemp Car - Kestrel are some cool tunes:Mick Jagger (so high!) & Peter Tosh - Don't look back tosh - Bush Doctor, in holland
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Comment #38 posted by ekim on November 08, 2011 at 11:22:57 PT
found at petes site Canadian company is all set to sell a new electric vehicle comprising a hemp body shell. Low weight and economically produced hemp fiber reduces the cost and the car’s weight to 2,500 lbs (Ford Fusion = 3720 lbs) to create a road-ready electric and super-green vehicle called the Kestral. Looks like a Fiat. Available in 2012. Cost will be about $25,000: home builder has a huge market for homes built with hemp shard bricks that are stronger than regular concrete:
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Comment #37 posted by ekim on November 07, 2011 at 10:24:31 PT
will you be reporting on the 18th Annual HIA Convention.In 2001, it eradicated half a billion such plants, though not even that total could get someone high. The war on ditchweed continues today, but the DEA has stopped its embarrassing habit of disclosing the total amount of useless plants it uproots. are happy to announce that the 18th Annual HIA Convention will be held in San Francisco, CA on Sunday and Monday, November 13 - 14, 2011 at the Holiday Inn - Civic Center. Hemp Advocacy Groups Outraged by Governor Brown's Veto of California Industrial Hemp Farming Act
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Comment #36 posted by afterburner on November 07, 2011 at 09:27:39 PT
Great to hear from you and about your involvement with the Occupy movement.We've been wondering to what you were up. 
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Comment #35 posted by FoM on November 07, 2011 at 09:25:09 PT
It's great to see you. Keep up the good work! I like many others have been waiting for this time to happen. It made me think of this song. Mama Cass Elliot - New World Coming - 1970
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Comment #34 posted by afterburner on November 07, 2011 at 09:24:07 PT
Hope #24
Bravo, Ethan Nadelmann!
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Comment #33 posted by museman on November 07, 2011 at 09:16:41 PT
Myself, and about every one I know are with you in spirit, including my 80 yr old Mother. This movement is real. There really are a significant number of people waking up. Stay strong and committed. Don't let the intimidators, liars, thugs, and other government-supporting-'employees' get you down.My disability prevents me from joining some of what is going on in Oregon, but I'm rooting intensely from the sidelines. I even wrote a song, an anthem, called "Rise Up!" due to get recorded as soon as I can hold a guitar long enough to do it.Occupy The WorldLEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #32 posted by Hope on November 07, 2011 at 09:02:39 PT
Good to see you! Yes... kind of odd they'd think "Government conspiracy" what with being put, often at the government's request, in an institution and "treated" and "re-educated", to think right... like the oppressors. NOT!
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Comment #31 posted by Mahakal on November 07, 2011 at 08:56:03 PT
Funny stuff
"Some kids come in with government conspiracy stories..."Oh no! Not that! I'll just have to stop there and say hi from Occupied SF / Occupy 420 committee. 
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Comment #30 posted by museman on November 06, 2011 at 16:30:45 PT
One mans 'theory'
could be another's experience.A "Government Conspiracy" is only 'theory' if it isn't happening.I'd say there has been plenty of evidence to take it out of the 'theory' category.Denial seems to walk hand in hand with those who stand to lose much should the truth and facts be significantly revealed.If a group of people get together and plan how to f--k with people, ruin lives, and in general become a public nuisance -all for the benefit of a few, at the expense of the many, that is a CONSPIRACY. When governments make laws without the consent of the people, and hold meetings behind closed doors, that is conspiracy.On the inverse, when people get together openly. calling for positive change, that is not a 'conspiracy' it is a 'co-spiracy' (a word deliberately obscured from common usage).We have cospired to end prohibition. But governmental obfuscation -with a little 'legaleze' thrown in to ensure confusion- would call our efforts an 'anti-patriotic' or 'anti-government conspiracy' just because we dare to question their right to have that power.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #29 posted by FoM on November 06, 2011 at 12:18:40 PT
Gosh, I would be worried if they didn't question and be a little worried. 
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Comment #28 posted by HempWorld on November 06, 2011 at 12:10:09 PT
I forgot what I wanted to post, sorry guys
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Comment #27 posted by Hope on November 06, 2011 at 09:37:32 PT
conspiracies and abusive behavior
FoM. This is what got me going on government conspiracies and messed up browsers and computers that you want to kick. From this article. “Some kids come in with government conspiracy stories, mild levels of paranoia or disorganized thinking,"
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Comment #26 posted by Canis420 on November 06, 2011 at 01:20:06 PT:
Me thinks we should have a petition on that petitions the gubmt to listen to outside sources or otherwise stop lying and just say no cause we said so...judging from the quality of posts I see here Im sure somebody can come up with a good counterpunch petition to call Gil out on his response.
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Comment #25 posted by Hope on November 06, 2011 at 01:46:07 PT
This is more excellent than his usual excellence.
Remember, remember the 5th of November
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Comment #24 posted by Hope on November 06, 2011 at 00:53:07 PT
The War on Drugs is Out of Control
I like how these people talk. The War on Drugs is Out of ControlSpeakers of the opening session of the International Drug Policy Reform Conference call to end the war on drugs
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Comment #23 posted by Hope on November 05, 2011 at 20:52:20 PT
Happy Guy Fawkes Night!
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Comment #22 posted by John Tyler on November 05, 2011 at 20:16:59 PT
cannabis, a plant known for its’ safety. 
According to located at there are an estimated 300,000 sports related traumatic brain injuries, TBIs, of mild to moderate severity, most of which can be classified as concussions, (i.e., conditions of temporary altered mental status as a result of head trauma, that occur in the United States each year. That being said it would it would seem that Dr Lee and the other prohibitionists are way overblown in their pseudo concerns about alleged cannabis health issues when other real health related issues are much more important. People are injured and some even die from sports related injuries every year, but no one has called for a ban on sports. This is not to even mentioning alcohol related health issues. So why is there this hypocritical attitude related to cannabis, a plant known for its’ safety. 
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Comment #21 posted by Hope on November 05, 2011 at 19:58:48 PT
Browser...I use Google Chrome.
I said Governmental because someone mentioned Government conspiracy theories and I'd just about had enough of that slow thing that happens. I've made some more adjustments and stuff. I hate that "Kill pages?" stuff that happens too often on Google Chrome for me. I seem to be just prattling. If it doesn't make sense, please feel free to remove it. 
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Comment #20 posted by Hope on November 05, 2011 at 19:54:12 PT
And this thread... these comments...
these testaments encourage me. And make me happy.
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Comment #19 posted by Hope on November 05, 2011 at 19:52:28 PT
I feel very happy today.
I feel very happy about all the bright, energetic people that work so hard to try to end an injustice.As far as feeling well and happy, I feel more like myself today than I have in a couple of years really. Not sure why. But it's very nice. I guess I'm getting better and better all the time.
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on November 05, 2011 at 16:36:37 PT
I think I understand. I believe just a little of what I read. There is always a little bit of truth behind every lie.
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Comment #17 posted by Hope on November 05, 2011 at 16:32:03 PT
government conspiracy stories
Which reminds me. Kap isn't around warning us of the clear and present dangers all around us. Especially at C-News.Ask Runruff. Ask Herbdoc. God only knows who else.Stay clean. Stay mean.(No... don't be mean.):0)
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on November 05, 2011 at 16:30:36 PT

What is a governmental browser? I use IE8. I don't like IE9 and uninstalled it.
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Comment #15 posted by Hope on November 05, 2011 at 13:47:46 PT

Governmental browser?
This browser I have is violently inclined or dangerously paranoid. I don't like my browser's personality. It's always wanting me to kill something. Especially when it's first turned on... which I attribute to some sort of computer hangover of some kind. Probably stayed up all night try to load updates.There's a picture of a seriously dazed file folder... and it is suggested that I might like to "Kill" it. I would like it a lot better if it weren't so kill and game inclined and wanting me to kill something. Something pitiful and tired and beat up looking at that. And it has a face. The first chance I've had today to relax a moment and seek some stuff... and Viola... kill something?That seems stupid to me. I'm on a mission. With a cup of coffee and a break. My time is limited. I'm on a mission to find something. To read something. To watch something. To search libraries. To hear something. To learn something. To do something.My machine wakes up hung over and sluggish. Aaargh. And there's all these pathetic beat up files and I'm asked to "Kill" them. I hate that! I hate being asked to kill things and having to. First rattle out of the bag.Is it to effect humanity? To make us merciless?"Paranoia strikes deep.""Into your heart it will creep."
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on November 05, 2011 at 13:36:50 PT

Storm Crow Comment 2
I always thought "Wasted" was a very inappropriate description of the situation, myself.
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Comment #13 posted by museman on November 05, 2011 at 12:58:59 PT

guess my question was answered
in the last scene of my video, "To This Moment" link below.Do these 'people' (I use the word reluctantly -I think they are a bunch of reptilians) really think that the common man is so stupid as to keep swallowing this tripe?The petitions were a joke, for a government that is a joke, for laws that are clownish renditions of pretend intellectualism spouted in that foreign tongue we've all come to know as 'legaleze,' and the hilarious attempts to paint over a dead horse to try and fool everyone into thinking it still has some life in it are all indicative of monumental failure of the continuing regimes of rulers who favor the lifestyles of the rich and famous, over the equitable balance of resource, people, and a possible peaceful coexistence.Those extra-terrestrial observers must tune in daily to get their comedy fix at the way 6 billion+ people get constantly pushed, pulled, manipulated, made to war against each other, by a paltry handful of a few thousand, whose only claim to rule is their wealth.Yes, it is a monumental failure. But then it was never intended to do anything except perpetuate the power and wealth at the top. I keep hearing all this jive about how this 'started' with "Nixon," and "Anslinger," etc., when anyone who has enough interest to seek out information not created by the rulers can discover that this has been going on since Sumeria, and before.There are too many people who find it easier to believe what is handed to them by 'accredited experts' (credited by whom? -who hands out 'honors' - if not the ones who create the parameters of the 'acceptability' club?) than what might be right in front of them -even though it is glaringly obvious.
That is the fault of our so-called 'educators' who bow to the matrix of 'law' and the false 'morality' of a system made by greed and lust for power. I'd say it is the fault of the parents, for allowing the false guides to lead their children down the same errant path, over and over, every generation, but as a parent I can see how difficult it is to educate your children well, when the priorities of the 'academic' system is to produce droves of willing slaves and drones to serve the ones at the top, and the 'land of opportunity' is really the 'land of opportunists.' Success is measured by the amount of personal desire and greed one can manifest in 'property' and 'capital.' -which translates into power in this society. And that power IS NOT BENIGN!!!So apparently, the "New World Order" puts cops, judges, lawyers, and the like, into high positions of power and 'expertise.' Big Brother has become our "Fascist Friend" who 'looks out' for the 'safety' of the society (meaning the ones who want such a travesty to continue) at the expense of whomever gets in their way.Discourse to attempt compromise with such profound error and outright lies as embody nearly all of our political organizations and cliques, is giving quarter to the enemy. Those who state that we must 'try to change' the error 'from within' are either very obtuse, grossly uninformed, or cleverly disguised as a 'friend' or comrade in the 'cause.' There is no changing an 'order' that contains individuals who cannot change and do not want to change, to accommodate the evolving reality that is all around us.There is only one recourse, and that is to remove the error. Surgery must be performed, and no one wants to see the blood, so any poser claiming to be an 'expert' can move right in and start the butchery, claiming it's 
'healing.' There are no politicians that can help us do this; they are all on the payroll, all sworn to uphold the criteria of the elite, while well schooled in subterfuge, and obfuscation. Too much credit is given where it is not deserved, and not enough credit given to where it really can matter.We empower the error by giving in to it in every election and political hyperbole that is handed to us.They hand us a patsy, and we vote for them, after they've riled up various emotional responses that actually have nothing to do with issues - "Oh but he speaks well..." "At least he's better than UNO WHO..."All government, including the US Government are dangerous Shams, collections of criminals 'of biblical proportion' who have painted themselves into a pretty picture that is not real.Wake up people. Now is the time.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
To This Moment
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on November 05, 2011 at 12:13:46 PT

Comment 1 Lol!
I loved it! Thank you!
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Comment #11 posted by afterburner on November 05, 2011 at 09:05:10 PT

The GCW #10 
Gil, Gil, Gil. LOL! I couldn't get to the period in Gil's ludicrous statement without LOL. Is that the best you've got, Gil? It's a good thing for you that you are paid to lie and demonize. Otherwise, even you wouldn't believe the pablum that flows out of your mouth."balanced and comprehensive"? Surely you jest."innovative law enforcement."? If by that you mean twisting laws and precedents to unconstitutional and vindictive extremes, mission accomplished!

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Comment #10 posted by The GCW on November 05, 2011 at 06:41:58 PT

Obama's thumb
US: Marijuana Petition Gets Thumbs DownSource: Wall Street Journal (US) question is, where will My thumb be on election day?
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Comment #9 posted by Oleg the tumor on November 05, 2011 at 05:42:53 PT:

Elliott Ness is back!… Grab your Thompsons, boys…
… We got us a drug war!"The news from Chicago is, well, weird to say the least.
I read this article a couple of times now and I am still trying to get my mind around the way these words have been spun."Peter Bensinger… … pointed to recent studies showing marijuana use among motorists doubles the risk of car crashes and that pot causes "cognitive chaos" in the brains of rats."There is a difference between a "mention" and a "reference" . This "recent study" mentioned in the article included no reference to look it up.Per se, I take this as a form of propaganda. I would love to see a study, even be involved in it, for I suspect someone is mixing up stats to include other things than MJ. 
That rats have a WTF moment when given pot (and it didn't say in the article what they did to the rats to administer the marijuana) frankly, raises more questions than it answers. What was the ratio of THC content to body weight? What if the evidence of that study really showed that overdoses of marijuana in rats do not produce fatal results? Would that information be shared? Don't count on it. A black hole in space will give out more information than a biased study."Marijuana is not just illegal, but unhealthy and dangerous. You need a sanction with a bite – and a ticket won't do it." 
Well, tobacco smokers, there you are. Does anyone still debate whether tobacco is unhealthy and dangerous? Maybe tobacco should be against the law too?"Drug tests work great." They sure do. Separates everybody into identifiable, easily labeled groups. The intent is to keep them that way. Legalize freedom!
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Comment #8 posted by The GCW on November 04, 2011 at 19:00:16 PT

White House Responds to Online Marijuana Petitions
White House Responds to Online Marijuana Petitions
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Comment #7 posted by Oleg the Tumor on November 04, 2011 at 17:48:46 PT:

Excuse me Officer, but are we on the same planet…?
Most of us reading here are adults (though I do confess the assumption) who get up early to "have a day", like the Yankee farmer, who even if he plans to goof off all day, gets an early start. How many of us are like that? Probably a lot more than one might think. The comments of runruff (#1), and Storm Crow (#2) seem to indicate that adults can indeed function after smoking marijuana. 
When will we get our chance to show that marijuana does not impact muscle/motor/coordination negatively?
And who will do the testing? "Top Men"? Where from? 
The ending of "Raiders of the Lost Ark"?As far as children and marijuana? I don't know of anyone who advocates underage drinking or use of marijuana.Young people do not have the same sense of their "Day", and by this I mean the routine of going through the actions that make sense to adults who are trying to get things accomplished, either around the house or in their professional lives. Children are by definition, "adults in training", and until they get their own circadian rhythms formed, they should stay away from any kind of intoxicants. But this is common sense, no?
What do they call people who give medical advice without any schooling – Quacks?
Yeah, that's what it sure sounds like, a lot of quacking.
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Comment #6 posted by FiddleMan on November 04, 2011 at 13:36:53 PT

Fear the Dangers of Prohibition!
“Some kids come in with government conspiracy stories, mild levels of paranoia or disorganized thinking”.Yes, that is true… Let’s discuss!Because of Prohibition, these "children" have seen the U.S. Government systematically arresting everyone who uses any alternative to "GETTING DRUNK". Does that make Prohibition a Government Conspiracy? 
Well, people who are using Cannabis at home are minding their own business and harming no one - yet the GOVERNMENT breaks into their home to arrest them - leaving their children homeless, moneyless and without parents. These children hear their parents talking about how STUPID and CORRUPT PROHIBITION is and these children realize that the government IS looking to harm them - NOT help them. This is absolutely a true statement when discussing Cannabis!These children clearly see that there are many great benefits from using Cannabis - but they also know that their Parents ARE VERY AFRAID that they will get caught and punished by "this Government that suppresses Cannabis". Parents fear their loss of liberty, the loss of their jobs, the loss of their children and even more horrible situations all due to the actions of this Prohibitionist Government… This “paranoia” is passed on to the next generation of “The Kids of Prohibition”. 
What would you expect them to say – “The government MUST be right and the majority of people MUST be wrong”??? Not going to happen!!!So - you say that these children are "Paranoid" and that they don't trust the Government? You say that is BECAUSE of Cannabis use? Perhaps it is BECAUSE the Government DOES break in and destroy households and families EVERY SINGLE DAY!
I really do not think that I need a degree in Psychology (or Pharmacology) to clearly be able to see that this PARANOIA IS JUSTIFIED BECAUSE OF THE ACTIONS OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT – NOT because their parents are “DOING ANYTHING WRONG”.For the author to assert that Government Conspiracy stories are a sign of Cannabis use really tells us that these children ACTUALLY FEAR THE DANGERS OF PROHIBITION – but tells us nothing about using Cannabis!!! As far as “disorganized thinking” – The author DID say that he was talking about children. Disorganized thinking is a part of the learning process and ALL children have disorganized thinking. Organizing is an important part of the learning process.
The Author should realize that for the Government to teach children exactly OPPOSITE of what they learn from their parents and the rest of society WILL INCREASE DISORGANIZATION OF THOUGHT!Then again, these guys DEPEND on the Government to send them all of those Cannabis users that the government has arrested so that they make plenty of money! 

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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on November 04, 2011 at 10:13:18 PT

...the nation’s focus on marijuana is on the benefits of using of the "DRUG"  -DRUG...mental problems related to the "DRUG"  - DRUG-0-sorry, when I examine cannabis, it looks like a plant, not a DRUG.-0-Fact is, cannabis is a God-given plant, not a drug. Government has been pushing the discredited prohibition, persecution and extermination of cannabis so long, people have stopped seeing the plant. -0-The IGNOIDS do not have enough cause to cage humans for using the superplant. Even if what they say is true.
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Comment #4 posted by dongenero on November 04, 2011 at 09:34:21 PT

Psychosis in children
Here's an actual study, something the prohibitionist propaganda pushers never appear able to reference. Hallucinations, Other Psychotic Symptoms in Children Linked to Use of ADHD Medications The doctor states, "Memory and productivity suffer among kids who abuse marijuana, Lee said. “Some kids come in with government conspiracy stories, mild levels of paranoia or disorganized thinking,” he added."Now, I don't believe children (all age ambiguity aside in this discussion) should use cannabis recreationally but, the doctor's description sounds somewhere between a normal kid and an adult Republican to me. Perhaps Fox News is driving people mad?
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Comment #3 posted by HempWorld on November 04, 2011 at 07:49:46 PT

Just another reefer madness article,
without actual research but instead we have cops play doctor, as ususal.
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Comment #2 posted by Storm Crow on November 04, 2011 at 06:24:38 PT

And then there's me....
I read medical studies on a daily basis, and translate them for "my kids" at a certain forum. (I am working to create a cadre of some amazing educated stoner kids!) I also add them to my compilation of medical studies, "Granny Storm Crow's MMJ Reference List" (look it up sometime- it's free!) I am currently working on a fibromyalgia presentation for the 12th (Anderson, CA at the Gaia Hotel. Never done a powerpoint presentation before, but I think it will be fun. And of course, there is my job in Special Education. Somehow, cannabis doesn't seem to have created mental problems, or a drop in IQ, or a lessening of job performance for me- or of anyone I know! There have been a few studies where they have actually asked schizophrenics WHY they were using cannabis. Most said they used it for the relief it provided (voices were lessened, anxiety was reduced, depression relief, etc). I believe that the higher rates of mental illness among cannabis smokers is due to this relief that they have found- not that cannabis is causing the problems, but that so many borderline people use cannabis to stay saner! 
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on November 04, 2011 at 05:33:04 PT

That chronic jes' ain't healthy!
Slowly but surely you will die using pot! And that is my plan, to go slooooowly. It is better than the alternative, no?I am 65 years young and this is how I spent my day. At 4 AM I got up read my e-messages while have coffee and smoking a joint.I wrote on one of my books until 5:30.I fed 12 pets. I let in some cats and let out 3 dogs.I vacuumed the floor swept two decks on leavescut some firewood and stoked the fire.At 8:30 I had the rest of my tuna salad with unsweetened ice tea for breakfast.9 AM cleaned the kitchen10:30 went to the airport to pick up my wife. [why else do you think I would be so fastidiously cleaning house?]We went to lunch then shopping and did some errands came home walked the dogs three miles and prepared dinner. After we ate we talked about my wife's trip and my upcoming book signing at the Sothern oregon Book and Author's Fair this Saturday.I watched Golden Girls with my beautiful youthful 46 year young Wife until I fell asleep.Mind you I am 65 and smoke pot from morning 'till night every day. According to all the anti-pot naysayers I should ne incapable of living such a life style, in fact by their version I should be either insane or dead!
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